Entry deadline 22 August 2022

Irish Sailing Women at the Helm

Take the Helm, Join the Fun

Great Sailing, Teamwork and Craic

Women at the Helm is about stepping up, leading the way and supporting others to take the helm and be the best that they can be ... on and off the water.

This event gives all sailing women an annual sailing goal and encourages a move from shore to boat, crew to helm or club event to regional event.  

Female helms currently stand out from the crowd in our sport -
let’s change that and make women helms the norm !

Save the date and look at linking up with 2 other boats from your club and enter as a team of 3 for the Club Team Perpetual Trophy - Ireland's FIRST Club Perpetual.

  • 2022 Notice of Race - HERE

  • 2022 Entry Registration - HERE

  • Special rate ECHO standard now available in the Irish Sailing shop HERE. You need to log into the site www.sailing.ie in order to buy in the shop. You will be asked to complete a simple form for boat details. 
  • 2022 Entries - HERE

  • Expressions of Interest from helms, crew and volunteers HERE

  • 2022 SIs - due in August

FEES (extract from NOR)

           4.1      Required fees per boat are as follows

CLASS

Early Bird* to 25 July

Full to

22 Aug

Dinghies: All dinghies PY (<1220), 

  • Singlehanders
  • Doublehander, including Flying Fifteen, Squibs, etc. Fleets may be split depending on entry numbers at the discretion of OA

 

€50

€75

 

€70

€95

Sportsboats on ECHO standard: J80, 1720, SB20 etc 

  • Under 25**

€135

€75

€155

€75

Other Keelboats on ECHO standard 

  • Under 25**

€135

€75

€155

€75

*Boats fully crewed by crew under 25 years on 31st Dec 2022 will pay Early Bird Entry fee up to close of entry on 22nd Aug, funded by National Yacht Club.

** Keelboats and sportsboats fully crewed by under crew 25 years on 31st Dec 2022 pay a subsidised fee, funded by ICRA and Irish Sailing

Official Notice Board
  • 2022 Notice of Race - HERE

  • 2022 Entry Registration - HERE

  • Special rate ECHO standard now available in the Irish Sailing shop HERE. You need to log into the site www.sailing.ie in order to buy in the shop. You will be asked to complete a simple form for boat details. 
  • 2022 Entries - HERE

  • Expressions of Interest from helms, crew and volunteers HERE

  • 2022 SIs - due in August

Social


Friday 26 August

  • Delicious Buffet Dinner served @ 18:30 / 19:00

    • With a variety of scrumptious mains and side dishes to choose from, followed by a trio of desserts, coffee & tea €28 payable by tap or cash on the night
  • "Choosing Your Route" Talk 20:00

(read more here)

  • Book a your place directly with National Yacht Club on manager@nyc.ie 

    • space is limited, we strongly advise you book - talk free, pay for supper on the night

Saturday 27th Aug

  • 1700 BBQ on the deck

    • €15 for all, pay on the night by tap or cash
  • 20:00 DJ and dancing

What is Women at the Helm?

 

Women at the Helm is an event with racing and cruising, combined with plenty of camaraderie and craic  ...

  • Women helms aged 16 + are invited to join.
  • Keelboat racing.
  • Keelboat white sailors welcome.
  • All sizes of keelboats are welcome.
  • Women take the helm and the lads are welcome to crew (with a maximum of 50/50 on board)
  • Prizes for Under 25 teams, all women teams, over 60s and by class.

The Women at the Helm likes to be as environmentally friendly as possible and in 2019 the event won the prestigious Clean Regattas Platinum Award and we are aiming for Platinum again for 2022.

Women at the Helm also has the added interest of Ireland's only club team perpetual trophy - enter 3 boats representing your club and bring home the Roy Family Trophy.

Crews and Helms


If you don't have a boat or don't have a crew reach out and we will try and match you up

CREW looking for a BOAT
BOATS looking for CREW
HELMS looking for a BOAT

or if you just want to be kept in the loop of event information

COMPLETE OUR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FORM HERE

Roy Family Trophy


Individual entries can then create a team of three boat and enter as a team to represent their club to be in the running to win this amazing perpetual trophy made from bog woods and copper. The Roy Family Trophy is Ireland's only sailing inter-club perpetual trophy. Let's get tribal.

Winning clubs so far are Royal St George Yacht Club 2019 and Royal Cork Yacht Club 2021. Which club will win 2022?

THE ROY FAMILY TROPHY
By CELTIC ROOTS

Ideas to Support More Women to Take the Helm in Your Club or Centre


If you would like to encourage more women to take the helm in your club, class or centre, here are a few ideas you may like to consider ...

  1. Promote to this event to your members
  2. Encourage the move from Crew to Helm with Crew Swaps
  3. Give Your Club Team Support
  4. Support with Boat Charter
  5. Organise Club Training
  6. Boat Share
  7. Contact your Local Sports Partnership for support
  8. Share your stories of Women at the Helm on social media and news
  9. 20x20 Visibility is important, so share images
  10. Invite more women on to committees to inspire the next generation
  11. Develop more female Race Officials
  12. Powerboat Driving Training for Women
  13. Encourage Sailors to move from Club to Local to Regional to National Events

Sustainability

 

This event will be ECO friendly with reusable signs, no unnecessary printing, no single use plastic and easily accessible hydration.

We invite you to car pool, take the train or dig our your bike (we have secure bike racks ready for you). Two free electric car spaces are available right outside the club too.

Registered Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta and aiming for PLATINUM.

Full details HERE

Women at the Helm 2022 Entry Registration

Previous Event Results

 

2021

TEAMS
VESSELS
HELM
ROY FAMILY TEAM TROPHY
RCYC Team Big Mac, Nieulargo, Tux
Celine McGrath, Annamarie Fegan, Mary OKeeffe
UNDER 25 WINNING TEAM
Jumbalaya - Royal Cork YC
Rebecca OShaughnessy
OVER 60s HELM
Tux - Royal Cork YC
Mary OKeeffe
ALL WOMEN CREW
Jumbalaya - Royal Cork YC
Rebecca OShaughnessy
WHITE SAIL 
1st
Magnet - Royal Cork YC
Fiorentina Carroll
WHITE SAIL
2nd
Big Mac - Royal Cork YC
Celine McGrath
WHITE SAIL
3rd
Plumbat - Royal Cork YC
Caroline Young
SPINNAKER
1st
North Star - Royal Cork YC
Fiona Young
SPINNAKER
2nd
Ya Gotta Wanna - Kinsale YC
Clionna ni Shuilleabhain
SPINNAKER
3rd
Tux - Royal Cork YC
Mary OKeeffe
SPORTS BOAT
1st
Royal Cork 1720 - Royal Cork YC
Jennifer Toettcher
SPORTS BOAT
2nd
Sovereign Sailing 1 - National YC
Ann Kirwan
SPORTS BOAT
3rd
Sovereign Sailing 2 - Schull Harbour SC
Eimear ORegan

 

2019

Winners and Gallery HERE